Milly Dowler murderer Levi Bellfield may have lied about his involvement in other killings in a sadistic bid to inflict pain and gain attention.
The retired detective who finally caught him for Ms Dowler’s murder said no one should believe anything he said.
Police have just revealed that following a two-year investigation, they have found no further evidence that he was involved in other killings.
Bellfield confessed to other murders and it was hoped that his claims would bring closure to a number of crimes.
Victims’ families who had believed that Bellfield could be responsible for their loved one’s death have now been informed that it is highly unlikely as no evidence has been found to corroborate his claims.
Now retired, Colin Sutton was the officer who caught him in 2008 for Ms Dowler’s killing. He said: “You can’t believe a word he says. He likes this kind of attention and to inflict pain on other people.”
Bellfield, 48, is currently serving a whole life sentence at HMP Frankland for the murder of Ms Dowler 13. He grabbed the teenager from the street while on her way from school to her home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in March 2002.
He was jailed in 2008 for the hammer murders of Marsha McDonnell, 19, in 2003, and Amelie Delagrange, 22, in 2004
Bellfield then told officers last year that he had committed other attacks that he had not been charged with.
He quickly withdrew the claims, but investigations were still carried out involving eight forces across the UK after he claimed he committed killings in each area.
In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “There is no evidence to link him to any case for which he has not already been convicted.
“We have remained in close liaison with a number of families throughout the course of our inquiries, and have made them aware of this outcome. This has understandably been a very difficult time for them.”
When Bellfield was convicted for Ms Dowler’s murder in 2011, police said they believed he could be responsible for the disappearances of many more women.
Among the cases officers believed Bellfield could have been involved in was the disappearance of student Elizabeth Chau in 1999. She was caught on CCTV walking home from Thames Valley University, in the area Bellfield had previously struck, but she has never been seen again.